Moving to Marlboro NJ- 10 Reasons Why You Should

Cori Dunphy
Cori Dunphy
Published on February 14, 2018

A Complete Guide to Living in Marlboro, NJ

Are you or someone you know thinking about moving to Marlboro, NJ Township in Monmouth County, New Jersey?  If you are even considering making the move, I STRONGLY suggest you read this article first.  This post will not only be based on my own personal thoughts and opinions, but on the thoughts and opinions of many other Marlboro, NJ / Morganville, NJ residents.  Grab a hot cup of coffee or your favorite beverage and let’s explore why Moving to Marlboro, NJ is such a great idea!

Moving to Marlboro, NJ

Unless you have spent a fair amount of time in Monmouth County and especially this town,  you probably have many misconceptions about the area and the people of Marlboro, NJ.   For example, we do not all live like the cast members of  “Jersey Shore“. Well, most of us anyways. I promise you, we are NOT all like the show, The Real Housewives of New Jersey.  I mean come on ladies, back me on this one will you?

All joking aside, you’ll love Living here!  We are truly blessed to live in such a beautiful town, with so much to do and so many great people. If you still need some convincing, you’re in the right place. I did my best to narrow it down to the top 10 reasons why you’ll love moving to Marlboro, NJ. I have only been living here for 5 years,  and I’m not going anywhere. Marlboro, NJ is where I’m going to stay and raise my family!

I grew up just a short 10 minutes away, LITERALLY, and my only regret is that I wish I moved here sooner. I am a lifelong resident of Monmouth County and grew up only 4 miles outside of Marlboro, NJ. I will give you my unbiased opinion of Marlboro, NJ and even some of the surrounding towns. Please also take a peek at the price range of  Marlboro, NJ  Homes for Sale. You’ll see that the cost here in Marlboro, NJ comes in a wide range of prices. Don’t get scared when you see those first few homes pop up in the millions! Families looking to get into this fabulous town can find a home / town home starting in the $300,000’s. In the past year, the average home sold in Marlboro, NJ was around $570,000 – $640,000 and those homes for the most part, offered 4 bedrooms, 2 ½ baths, full basements, 2 car garages, and a generous size piece of property.  More then ½ of the homes sold also had country club yards, including in ground pools!

Out of all the towns in Monmouth County, why would anyone choose to move to Marlboro, NJ?  I went ahead and asked hundreds of current Marlboro, NJ residents (in person and through a local Facebook Group, that consists of over 7,000 residents) and they told me what love about living here. This is how I came up with the top 10 reasons to live in Marlboro, NJ. Here we go!

Some pretty boring info,  I thought I should share.

Elevation: 190′

Area: 30.47 mi²

Weather: 46°F (8°C), Wind N at 10 mph (16 km/h), 83% Humidity

Zip code: 07746

Population: 36,398 (2000)

Local time: Wednesday 7:49 AM

Unemployment rate: 4.2% (Apr 2015)

So let’s get started on our top 10.

1.  Schools, Schools, and Schools!

If you’re thinking of moving to our wonderful town, my guess is the school system here is what caught your eye. I’m sure you’ve already thought about the Marlboro, NJ schools your kids will be attending.

Marlboro, NJ has a wonderful reputation for it’s School District. Marlboro Township public schools are among the highest ranking K-8 school districts in the state with students who consistently win awards on the local, state and national levels. The Marlboro, NJ.High School is a part of the Freehold Regional High School District consisting of six high schools with opportunities to participate in learning centers and academies.The Marlboro Township Public Schools are a comprehensive community public school district that serves students in pre-Kindergarten through eighth grade from Marlboro, NJ. NJ and Morganville.  The district has a separate location dedicated to early learning and kindergarten, The David C Abbott Early Learning Center. There are 6 different elementary schools in Marlboro, NJ that are all 1st – 5th grade. You can check here, to find out what elementary and middle school your child is zoned for based on your home address. Scroll down to the map and enter your home address. You will see where it says  Marlboro NJ High School – School Boundaries Map (School Attendance Zone)  Then just select the age appropriate school you are looking for!.   The elementary schools are:  Asher Holmes, Defino Central, Frank J Dugan,  Marlboro Elementary, and Robertsville. The High School is dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in academics, arts, and athletics while developing the mind, body, and spirit of each student. Located in western Monmouth County, it is one of six high schools in the Freehold Regional High School District. Accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Marlboro, NJ. High School has an experienced staff with more than 55% of Marlboro NJ ’s highly qualified professional staff holding post-graduate degrees. Students are thus provided with an exceptional combination of expertise and continuity.  You can check out all information about Marlboro High School and the entire Freehold Regional System

PLEASE CLICK here FOR YOUR SCHOOL ASSIGNMENT, IN MARLBORO NJ WHICH IS DETERMINED BY YOUR RESIDENCY BLOCK. ( be sure to scroll down to the middle of the page) Also, see third party ratings of the each school within the district here. 


2.  Fabulous Commute.

Most people who live in Monmouth County choose taking New Jersey Transit to New York’s Penn Station (8th Avenue and 31st Street). The closest train station is Aberdeen-Matawan, approximately 2.3 miles from Morganville, and can range up to about 16 / 17  minutes from the southern most point of Marlboro, NJ. Click for NJ Transit’s North Jersey Coast Line Schedule. NJ Transit Rail Tickets can be purchased at the Aberdeen-Matawan Station.  There are many ticket options.  Please see the list below for current information.

Ticket Options

One-Way Tickets One continuous trip between the stations on the ticket. One-way tickets are valid until used (no expiration) and are non-refundable.

Monthly Passes Unlimited trips between two rail stations during a calendar month (valid until noon of the first business day of the following month). Can be purchased beginning at 5 p.m. on the 19th of the previous month, through the 10th day of the month for which the pass is valid. You can also sign up for QuikTik to receive your monthly pass by mail. Rail monthly passes can also be used on light rail or bus.

Weekly Passes Unlimited trips between two rail stations from 12:01 a.m. Saturday through 6:00 a.m. on the following Saturday. On sale beginning Thursday and continuing through Tuesday. Rail weekly passes can also be used on light rail or bus.

Ten-Trip Tickets Ten one-way trips that are valid until used.

Children’s Fares Children (ages 5-11) save 50 percent and up to three children (ages 4 and under) ride free with a passenger paying any valid fare.

Family Supersaver Fares On weekends and holidays, up to two kids (ages 5-11) can ride free with a passenger paying any valid fare. In effect from 7 p.m. Friday (or the day before a holiday) until 6 a.m. Monday (or the day after a holiday).

BusinessPass Offered through your employer, NJ TRANSIT BusinessPass allows you to save even more on monthly rail, bus, and light rail passes by deducting a portion of the cost from your pre-tax salaries, thus increasing your take-home pay. Your monthly pass is mailed directly to your worksite. Learn more.

PatronPass Businesses can buy one-way tickets in bulk. Learn more.

Student Monthly Passes Students who attend post-secondary schools that participate in our University Partnership Program may purchase monthly student passes online and save 25-percent off regular monthly pass fares. Learn more.

Reduced Fare Program for Senior Citizens and Customers with DisabilitiesSenior Citizens (62 and older) and customers with disabilities can travel on NJ TRANSIT trains, buses, and light rail vehicles at a reduced fare of half the regular one-way fare or less at all times. Learn more.

Military Personnel and Their Dependents All military personnel and their dependents will be permitted to purchase transportation at the senior citizen/passenger with disabilities reduced fare rate upon showing their military or military dependent ID card. The following military personnel are entitled to this fare: Active Duty, Reserve, National Guard or Retired members from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines or Coast Guard. When purchasing your ticket from a ticket vending machine or through MyTix, select Senior/Disabled to obtain the discounted fare. Tickets also may be purchased at ticket offices at stations. Eligible customers may ride at reduced fare rates on any NJ TRANSIT bus, rail or light rail service at all times, without restriction, upon presentation of authorized identification.

There are currently four commuter lots at the Matawan Train Station.  Two are controlled by Matawan Borough (732-290-2004) and two by Aberdeen Township (732-583-4200).  Contact the municipal clerk in each town to request to be placed on the waiting lists for a parking permit, although the waiting lists are years long!  The Lots 1 and 4 are by permit only.  Lots 2 and 3 offer daily parking for $3/day.  The daily lots fill early, usually by 6:30 am!  No permit is required in any of the lots after 11:00 am, with cars needing to be gone by 4:00 am.  All lots are free, with no permit required, on the weekends. If you’re moving to Marlboro NJ Click here to search Marlboro, NJ homes for sale

3. It’s Safe.

Yup, you guessed it. Marlboro, NJ made it to the top 50 safetest places to live in NJ.  Now even though I’ve only been living in this amazing town for 5 years, I truly feel it should rank higher than #41, but hey you know what? We’ll take it. So when it comes to safety and even mentioning it in my blog,  I didn’t want to take any chances.  I did NOT want to rely on statistics alone.  I decided to take a another approach.  I reached out to many online groups, so I could personally interact with my fellow  residents of Marlboro, NJ. The biggest and most useful online resource I find is a site on face book called, Marlboro, NJ Community Page.  This is a fabulous facebook page that was started by a local resident.  Over 10,000 of us turn to this page to ask questions or get advice from our fellow Marlboro, NJ community members.  When I decided to write this blog, I asked the members to name the most important reasons why they live or moved to Marlboro, NJ.  Safety was mentioned by almost every single one of them!

4.  Shopping.

Well, I’m not going to lie, Marlboro, NJ residents love their shopping. Marlboro, NJ does have some wonderful places to shop located within the township, however the location of Marlboro NJ is pretty central to some fabulous shopping.  Let’s start first with a few areas located pretty close by.

1.  Freehold Raceway Mall Freehold

2.   Jersey Shore Premium Outlets

3.   The Shoppes at Old Bridge 

4.   Menlo Park Mall

5.   Monmouth Mall

6.  Short Hills Mall

7.  Jersey Gardens

Let’s be honest. We all know where the “Fabulous shopping is” don’t we? NEW YORK CITY. Marlboro, NJ is a quick 50 minute ride by car, train or bus.  Anyone who is looking for some of the best shopping in the world, simply needs to to head north and spend a day in the City that NEVER sleeps!

5. The Beaches and The Jersey Shore.

Marlboro, NJ is just a short drive to some of NJ’s best beaches.  From that first warm weather day in May until sometimes as late as October, many Marlboro, NJ residents along with the rest of Monmouth County enjoy the beach. New Jersey‘s crown jewel remains its 130 miles of coastline, spanning from Sandy Hook to Cape May. New Jersey beaches boast beautiful barrier islands and bays  with fabulous lighthouses, fishing villages and scenic views. “Down the Shore” is an expression we all use here in NJ, and it means heading down to the beaches or one of the faublous beach towns. It also means there’s something in New Jersey for everyone. Among New Jersey’s most treasured prizes are the white-sand beaches that draw hundreds of thousands of visitors and families each year to enjoy the surf, sand, sun, fun and excitement of the famous Jersey Shore. There are so many wonderful beach towns that line the NJ Coast.  If you are looking for the best beaches close to Marlboro, NJ, click here.

Every “shore town” in New Jersey has a different cost for beach badges.  MOST towns offer daily badges as well as seasonal badges.  Please check out this link to give you a current list of pricing for the entire jersey shore for 2017.

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6.  The Monmouth County Park System.

I can honestly say I don’t know if another park system can truly compare to the Monmouth County Park System.  The Monmouth County Park system consists of over 30 parks:

Is GOLF your thing?  Many of the residentsMarlboro, NJ and of Monmouth County purchase a county specific golf card.  This entitles them to many benefits and perks to playing the Monmouth County courses!

The following golf courses are located in Monmouth County:

  • Bel-Aire  3120 Allaire Road at Route 34 Wall, NJ 732-449-6024
  • Charleston Springs 101 Woodville Road Millstone Township, NJ 732-409-7227
  • Hominy Hill 92 Mercer Road Colts Neck, NJ 732-462-9222
  • Howell Park 405 Squankum-Yellowbrook Road Farmingdale, NJ 732-938-4771
  • Pine Brook 1 Covered Bridge Boulevard Manalapan, NJ 732-536-7272
  • Shark River 320 Old Corlies Neptune, NJ 732-922-4141
  • Bella Vista Country Club 100 School Road E, Marlboro, NJ 07746 732-308-4600
  • The Monmouth County Park System offers such a wide variety of activity and recreation.  From Athletic Field Renals, to Campgrounds, from Playgrounds, to the Skateplex, from Tennis to an Equestrian Center, there is something literally for EVERYONE at one of the Monmouth County Parks.  Some parks offer Canoe and Kayak Access,  while others offer fishing, A wonderful sprayground, and incredible hiking trails.  I promise you, The Monmouth County Park System is something you want to look into if you are in the area.  Many of these parks are located just a short drive from Marlboro, NJ.

7.  Ethnic Array.

Marlboro, NJ total population of 40,330 residents are well diversified as follows:

  • AGE
    • 8%: 35-54
    • 2%: 5-17
    • 8%: 65 and Over
    • 6%: 55-64
    • 3%: 18-24
    • 2%: 25-34
    • 1%: Under 5
    • 0%: HS Graduates
    • 7%: College Graduates
    • 8%: Attending College
    • $55,112-Marlboro
    • $28,889-USA
    • $134,839-Marlboro
    • $53,657-USA
    • 6%: Healthcare
    • 1%: Finance
    • 0%: Professional, Scientific, Technical Services
    • 7%: Retail
    • 2%: Education
    • 8%: Manufacturing
    • 2%: Information Technology
    • 4%: Other/Misc
    • 3%: White
    • 1%: Asian
    • 0%: Hispanic/Latino
    • 5%: Black/African American
    • 1: Other
    • 3%: Italian
    • 9%: Russian
    • 7%: Polish
    • 6%: German
    • 1%: Irish
    • 1%: English
    • 1%: Eastern European
    • 4%

The following Marlboro, NJ neighborhoods had the highest income growth in the last 5 years:

  • Durand Dr./Sandalwood Dr.
  • Town Center
  • Gordons Corner Rd./Robertsville Rd.

Marlboro, NJ also supports and promotes an annual Multi-Cultural Day where residents, volunteers, performers and representatives from various cultural communities in the area gather to celebrate local diversity and share their respective traditions.

8. Airport Proximity.

When choosing a new place to live, it’s important to think about how easy (or hard) it will be to travel in and out of the area. You may have family who want to visit you after moving to Marlboro, NJ or you may travel frequently for business. You will definitely  want a major airport close to where you live. It’s a pain to live away from a major airport, and the extra connecting flights are much more expensive. Marlboro, NJ and Monmouth County is super easy to travel to and from because of it’s location to not only Newark International Airport, but you can also choose from KennedyLaguardia and Philadelphia.

Let’s focus on Newark International because, it’s obviously the closest and offers the easiest access from Marlboro, NJ and Monmouth County.  All the major airlines have a presence here. If there’s somewhere you want to go, you can get there pretty easily from Newark International. This means that the cost of your flights “should” be quite a bit less than if you lived in a city without an international airport, because you’ll need fewer connecting flights to get to your destination.  Newark offers a fairly easy layout when it comes to an airport.  You can view the map here if you’d like to take a peek!  The Air Tran is a “The low-cost, low-stress, low-impact way to Newark Liberty.” AirTrain is a simpler, easier way to get to, from, and around Newark Liberty International Airport. Operating 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, AirTrain provides easy connections to NJ Transit and the rail lines that run on the Northeast Corridor and North Jersey Coast Line. AirTrain also offers a simple way for passengers to get to and from Manhattan and points north, or Philadelphia and points south. It also connects passengers to airline terminals, rental car facilities, hotel shuttles and central parking lots. Best of all, you never have to worry about traffic conditions.

9. Professional Sports Teams.

New Jersey and New York  are home to MANY sports teams, both professional and college. This area is great if you’re a big sports Fan.  Monmouth County is in a great location for you get to many sport venues in under and hour. Soccer fans moving to New Jersey will be happy to know that we are represented by three teams in the top divisions for men and women, including the New York Red BullsNew York City FC of Major League Soccer, and Sky Blue FC of the National Women’s Soccer League.  New York City FC, a new team owned by Manchester City F.C. \ joined the MLS in 2015.  NYCFC have plans to build a soccer-specific stadium within the five boroughs of the city and for the team to also develop an intra-city rivalry with the Red Bulls.

If you are a fan  the NFL the NBA or the  NHL,  you’re in luck.

Marlboro, NJ  is under an hour from all the huge sports arenas. Home to the NY JETS and the New York Giants, you can bet at Met Life Arena in just under an hour. Is the NBA more your “thing”.  Our area has you covered.  The New York Knicks, play just a train ride away from Monmouth County in Madison Square Garden.  Are you more of a Brooklyn Nets Fan?  It’s not as easy of a commute, but you can make your way out to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn to catch a game.  Let’s not forget about The New York Liberty , a professional basketball team also based in New York City, playing in the Eastern Conference in the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA).  This team also calls Madison Square Garden their home.

New York has two Major League Baseball teams, the New York Yankees ( based in the Bronx and the New York Mets  (based in Queens). New York is home to three National Hockey League franchises: the New York Rangers in Manhattan, the New York Islanders in Brooklyn and the Buffalo Sabres in Buffalo. Then there are some of my very favorite sports, COLLEGE SPORTS.  As I’m sure you guessed, there are way too many colleges and sports programs in New Jersey to list, so please click here to see a full list!

10. Home Prices in Marlboro, NJ.

Hoping to live within commuting distance of New York City?   Marlboro, NJ is located about 50 minutes south of the city and I PROMISE, you get a LOT more bang for your buck in Marlboro, NJ.   Granted, there are some very expensive homes in Marlboro NJ,  You can actually still find a  single family home, in the $400,000’s.  Marlboro NJ does also offer condos and townhouses and although I wouldn’t consider these to be “cheap”, it’s another option to get into the town at a more affordable price. The median home value in Marlboro, NJ is $522,900. Marlboro home values have gone up 6.2% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 2.0% within the next year. The median list price per square foot in Marlboro is $204, which is lower than theNew York Metro average of $265. The median price of homes currently listed in Marlboro is $565,000 while the median price of homes that sold is $510,447.  Please keep in Mind that this is a HUGE variety of home styles, and home pricing.  Please feel free to check out the Marlboro and Morganville markets!

Final Thoughts on Moving to Marlboro / Morganville New Jersey

If you’re moving to Marlboro / Morganville or are considering it, as you can now see, it truly is a fantastic place to live, commute to/from, and play!

You’ll never run out of things to do in our local area and there will always be many friendly people to meet.  If you’re seriously thinking about moving to the area or just have a few more questions before deciding, please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions about the Marlboro / Morganville area. Still have questions about a potential move to Marlboro or anywhere else in Monmouth County? You can get in touch with me HERE, or shoot me a text at 732 – 213 – 0325.  I have lived in the area for 43 years and definitely know a thing or two about Monmouth County and all the fabulous things it has to offer.  I can provide you with whatever information you’re looking for, or at the very least, point you in the direction of where to find it.

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  About the Author

About the Author

The above article on Moving to Marlboro Nj and 10 Reasons Why You Should is provided by Cori Dunphy a leader in the field of Real Estate sales, marketing, and social media.

Cori can be reached via email at [email protected] or by phone at 732 213 0325. Cori has helped many people buy and sell homes in the Monmouth County area for years.

Thinking of selling your home? I have a real passion for buying and selling Monmouth County homes, as well as marketing, social media and anything that goes along with it. Real Estate is my passion!  I’d love to have the chance to use my expertise to help sell your home!

I help people buy and sell real estate in ALL of Monmouth County but I do have a strong following in the following Monmouth County towns:  MarlboroMorganvilleManalapanMatawanAberdeen, HazletHolmdelKeyport and Colts Neck, and of course, “Down the Shore”.

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